For years, my husband yearned to attend the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival, a weekend long extravaganza for garlic lovers. I had reservations about "giving up" a glorious fall day that could have been spent bike riding or exploring the Botanical Gardens. Spending the day with a bunch of smelly garlic lovers? Well, this year I relented!
My hesitation turned to a smile when I realized that there were craft booths and each included something "garlicky." I didn't buy them, but will long remember the garlic shaped silver earrings for $65. Where else would you find that!
In the farmer's market area, we talked to growers. I don't know about you, but I always thought garlic was garlic.
WRONG! There are MANY different kinds of garlic all with subtle differences. There is German, Italian, Russian, and even Irish garlic heritages growing in the rich soil of upstate New York. Words like subtle, spicy, warm, and vibrant are used to describe some incredible garlics that people are using to make hummus, pesto, jellies, oils, vinegar and even ice cream.
I sampled some garlic (I did NOT try the garlic ice cream) and left with bags of garlic, hummus and vinegar that will grace our table for months and provide us with warm memories of the harvest 2012.